How to Make a Solitary Bee Hotel

The Telegraph    By Kate Bradbuty   10/25/13 

How to Make a Solitary Bee Hotel - Attract bees to your garden with this easy to make container

The example shown below uses an old wine box, filled with wooden logs, lengths of bamboo and florists’ foam. But you can use any container and any combination of these materials, as long as it protects the bees from rain, the wood is untreated and the holes are no bigger than 10mm in diameter.

Different species nest in holes of different sizes, so it’s worth drilling holes of a variety of diameters (between 2mm and 10mm) to attract the widest variety of species.


You will need

Small logs or pieces of wood
A selection of plant stems (eg bamboo and sunflower stems)
A drill and wooden drill bits
Dry florists’ foam (optional)
An untreated wooden box (I used an old wine box)
A rustproof bracket 

1 Using a saw, cut the small logs, wood and stems to fit box. Smooth sharp edges with sandpaper. Drill holes in the wood.

2 Arrange the wood, stems and foam in the box.

3 Once you’re happy with the arrangement, make holes in the foam using a pencil or a selection of different-sized pencils. Don’t make the holes too big; the bees will happily excavate their own.

4 Using the bracket, fix the box to a wall or fence in the sunniest part of the garden. You may wish to grow flowers, such as roses or wisteria, near the box, to advertise it to leafcutter bees, but make sure plants don’t hide the box.

Taken from The Wildlife Gardener by Kate Bradbury 

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